Photo: Luckily the climb is not just about the view.

Climbing Gunung Prau

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The highest peak in the immediate area of the Dieng Plateau, Gunung Prau is a relatively easy and straightforward climb which can be completed in just a few hours—and weather permitting, the views are apparently fabulous.

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According to GunungBagging’s detailed write-up on climbing Gunung Prau there are at least eight access trails to the peak, so we went with the most central trail, the one which starts near Losmen Bu Djono, reached the peak and then, rather than back tracking, continued on, returning via a different trail to the village of Patakbanteng, from where we then jumped on a bus for the return trip to Dieng village. From start to finish the walk took around four hours.

Left right left right. Photo taken in or around Climbing Gunung Prau, Dieng Plateau, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Left right left right. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Just to the south of Losmen Bu Djono the main road, Jalan Raya Dieng, runs to the east in the direction of Wonosobo—follow this for perhaps fifty metres and you’ll see a trail running off to your left—this is the trailhead and it will take you north, past a small school to a base camp for Gunung Prau. We didn’t realise that the peak was actually closed to climbing the day we climbed, so the basecamp was unattended, but normally this would be open.

From the basecamp the climb is both straightforward and relatively easy. There will be some huffing and puffing involved, but nothing too serious. The climb has three pos markers on the way up and takes you through some beautiful pine forest along the way. The trail was generally in very good condition and clear to follow, at least to the top. We were unfortunately very unlucky with the weather and for the vast majority of the climb we were totally surrounded by mist with very limited visibility.

Rain soaked woods. Photo taken in or around Climbing Gunung Prau, Dieng Plateau, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Rain soaked woods. Photo: Stuart McDonald

At the summit the views are apparently tremendous, but save a thirty second break in the mist, when we enjoyed the briefest of views into the valley below, we saw nothing! Note at the summit is can be bitingly cold, especially when the wind is blowing a gale and it starts to rain—take our ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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